House of the Good Shepherd opened one of the first domestic violence shelter/programs in Chicago in 1980. Since then, House of the Good Shepherd has helped more than 6,000 vulnerable women and children release themselves from the bondage and humiliation of family violence.

The House of the Good Shepherd program resides within the Catholic Charities Housing Services area and focuses on domestic violence. House of the Good Shepherd is a separate 501(C)(3) corporation.

OuR Mission

House of the Good Shepherd serves with love and compassion women and children affected by domestic violence by offering a safe place with opportunities for emotional, educational and spiritual growth, giving hope and continued support for a better future.


We provide families a safe place to live and the support they need to access appropriate health and welfare services. 

  • First and foremost, we help our families gain stability by avoiding further victimization.

  • We assist our families in accessing legal assistance, trauma-informed counseling, addiction services, education, child welfare, immigration, housing, employment, health and medical services.

  • Provide access to a private, fully licensed onsite early childhood day care and enrichment center.

  • Customize programs to meet families where they are and help them get to where they want to go.

  • We help survivors to confront and overcome their traumatic experiences. We earn their trust by helping families develop, regain confidence, resilience, independence and dignity.

  • 75-80% women who successfully complete our program exit with secured employment, permanent housing & $1,500 -$3,000 in savings.